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Cherry blossoms (also called Sakura in Japan) have started blooming a couple of weeks earlier than usual this year. I went to the Ueno Park so I could see the cherry blossoms. The Park is just outside the Ueno JR Station and entry to the park is free. Though I’ve been to Japan many times, this was my first time seeing the cherry blossoms. The whole park was filled with these flowers. It was especially beautiful to walk through some of the pathways that have the cherry blossom trees on both sides.

Sakura - White

Sakura at the Ueno Park

There were two types of cherry blossoms at this Park. One was white whereas the other one was pink. There were a lot more of the white flowers.

Sakura - Pink

Sakura at the Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a great place to spend time. This time of the year is really good because of the Sakura. The Park also has other attractions like some Museums and a Zoo. Since I had been to some of the Museums before, this time I went to the Zoo. One thing to take note of is the fact that the Museums and the Zoo have free entry on certain days of the year and luckily for me, entry to the Zoo was free this day!

Sakura at the Ueno Park

Sakura at the Ueno Park

The Main attraction at the Zoo is the two Giant Pandas that have been brought from China. Since it was one of those free entrance days, the zoo was quite crowded and I had to wait for about thirty minutes to see the Pandas.

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo

The number of animals in the zoo is quite limited. But it’s definitely worth paying a visit once. Coming from India, I found it interesting that they had cows and goats in the zoo. The birds section and the little mammals section had a good collection of animals.

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo

Apart from the Zoo and the Museums there are also some shrines around this area. They sell a lot of traditional Japanese food near the Bentendo Temple. The smell of food is so amazing here.

Bentendo Temple

Bentendo Temple

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

I’m planning to go to the Shinjuku Park next week so I can see the cherry blossoms there too. Where are you planning to see the Sakura this year?

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